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(Chicago Sun Times) — A stimulus program that has given job training and work experience to 26,000 low-income Illinoisans will end today unless Congress extends its funding.  Gov. Quinn extended the “Put Illinois to Work” program for two months past its original Sept. 30 expiration date by allocating $75 million in state money on Sept. 29.  Now that the state money is set to expire, a spokesman for U.S. Sen. package Durbin (D.-Ill.) said the senator would like to see funding to extend the program included in today’s talks at the White House and in Congress about extending the Bush-era tax cuts.

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